Wanuskewin Heritage Park has received a financial boost toward its goal of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority announced a $50,000 donation Thursday morning to go towards Wanuskewin’s UNESCO Ready Campaign.

“The work Wanuskewin is doing is invaluable in preserving and celebrating our First Nation culture and history,” said SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen.

“The incredible funding that has been dedicated today, will go towards a number of cultural initiatives such as traditional dancers, singers and ceremony, all of which are central to who we are and what we do at Wanuskewin,” said Darlene Brander, CEO of Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

Over the past few years, the Heritage park has seen many upgrades as they strive for the world heritage site designation. This has included upgrades to the facilities and grounds, along with

If it does happen, it would make Wanuskewin the first World Heritage Site in Saskatchewan.

The goal is to achieve the designation by 2026.

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